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Midcentury Piano Lamp - Germany, 1960s
Located in Schwerin, MV
Rare lamp from the 60s: picture lamp/piano lamp made of metal. The lamp has a heavy, slightly
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Piano Lamp  - Germany, 1960s
Midcentury Piano Lamp  - Germany, 1960s
H 3.15 in W 13.39 in D 9.06 in
Mid-Century Piano Bench or Vanity Stool
By Raymond Loewy, Mengel Furniture Co.
Located in Trenton, NJ
Elevate your home with the exquisite charm of this Mid-Century Modern Vanity Stool, a piece that
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Piano Bench or Vanity Stool
Mid-Century Piano Bench or Vanity Stool
H 18.5 in W 22.5 in D 15 in
1950s Italian Nautical Midcentury Piano Stool
Located in Paris, FR
A charming Italian vintage 20th-century stool or piano stool in its original yellow marine-inspired
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20th Century Italian Stools

Materials

Brass

1950s Italian Nautical Midcentury Piano Stool
1950s Italian Nautical Midcentury Piano Stool
H 16.54 in W 20.48 in D 20.48 in
Midcentury Piano Lamp / Table Lamp, made by Hillebrand - Germany, 1960s
By Egon Hillebrand
Located in Schwerin, MV
Design classic of the 70s: Massive table lamp/piano lamp from Egon Hillebrand, Neheim, West Germany
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

French Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Louis XVI Piano Bench
Located in New York, NY
Elegant French Mid-Century piano bench or stool in the Modern neoclassical style with delicately
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Benches

Brown Midcentury Round Beech Piano Chair, Original Preserved Condition, 1960s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small round midcentury piano chair. Material: Beech Source: Czechia (Czechoslovakia) Period
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Beech

Made to Order / Custom Mid-Century Modern Style Long Piano Bench
Located in Deland, FL
"Period inspired made to order single mid-century piano bench. Typically 4-6 week lead time for
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Cherry

Mid-Century Chrome Eyeball and Lucite Piano or Bookcase Light by Raymor
By Raymor
Located in Chicago, IL
Lovely modern, unique and super functional mid-century piano light #7 by Raymor. This corded light
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

Ultra Rare Mid-Century “Tilting Wing” Piano by Nico Rippen for Lindner
By Lindner Pianos, Nico Rippen
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Rippen Pianos of the Netherlands were well respected for their high-quality instruments of unique
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Vintage 1960s Irish Mid-Century Modern Music Stands

Materials

Metal

Johan Rippen Grand Piano in Off-White Cast Aluminum
By Rippen Pianos
Located in Waalwijk, NL
other Mid-Century grand piano models. Due to its functional aspects and vibrant and full sound, this
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Vintage 1940s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Mid-20th Century Brass Piano Lamp
Located in Canton, MA
Brass piano lamp. Adjusts in two places for light where you need it. Can be used with or without a
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Mid-20th Century American Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid-20th Century Brass Piano Lamp
Mid-20th Century Brass Piano Lamp
H 14 in W 6 in D 11 in
Unusual Lucite Piano Bench Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Lucite piano bench. We love the fact the seat lifts up to store sheet music or what ever
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Piano Shape Mahogany Coffee Table
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Outstanding, midcentury modern, low, mahogany coffee table fearures a thick biomorphic, piano
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Bent Lucite Mid Century Modern Piano Vanity Window Bench
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Bent Lucite Mid Century Modern Piano Vanity Window Studio Made Bench
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Lucite

Mid Century Kidney Bean Green Floral Embroidered Foot Stool Piano Bench Ottoman
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid 20th Century Kidney Bean Stool. Made from walnut with needlepoint embroidered seat
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Textile, Walnut

Mid 20th Century French Country Mahogany Adjustable Piano Stool Foyer Bench Seat
Located in Dayton, OH
A lovely French inspired piano bench. Made from mahogany with rolled arms and adjustable seat
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Mid-20th Century French Provincial Benches

Materials

Mahogany

French Mid-19th Century Concert Grand Piano Signed Pleyel
By Pleyel
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A spectacular French mid-19th century, circa 1855, Louis XVI st. tulipwood parquetry and ormolu
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Musical Instruments

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Ormolu

Mid-Century Modern 'PIANO DECORATIF' lithograph print by J. Janos
Located in Milan, IT
Mid-Century Modern 'PIANO DECORATIF' lithograph print by J. Janos Lithograph created by J.Janos
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Wallpaper

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Piano Window Bench New Upholstery MINT!
By Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc.
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Lucite Piano Window Bench New Upholstery MINT!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Lucite

Mid Century four-drawer sideboard with decorated glass top
Located in Premariacco, IT
Credenza Mid Century anni '50 di produzione italiana, interamente rivestita e con quattro ampi e
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Mid century mahogany dining table with glass top
Located in Premariacco, IT
dei terminali in ottone. Il tavolo presenta un particolare piano in vetro con bordo sagomato e
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Brass

Mid century mahogany dining table with glass top
Mid century mahogany dining table with glass top
H 32.09 in W 74.81 in D 34.65 in
Mid-Century Modern Monington and Weston Piano in Mahogany and Macassar Ebony
Located in Leeds, GB
Mid-Century Modern style, 1956, Monington and Weston upright piano. Cabinet made from a contrasting
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Macassar, Mahogany

Mid Century sideboard with drop down door and marbled glass top
Located in Premariacco, IT
Credenza mid century di manifattura italiana, interamente rivestita in legno con tre ante e piano
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Grotrian Steinweg Model 110 Upright Piano Mid Century Modern Walnut Fabric Panel
Located in Leeds, GB
Mid-Century Modern style. Cabinet design focuses on simple, clean lines and curves. The front panels
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Brass

Mid Century pair of nightstands with glass top and brass handles
Located in Premariacco, IT
Coppia di fini ed eleganti comodini Mid Century italiani di Design dei primi anni '50. Dispongono
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern Splayed Leg Compact Piano Window Bench Tufted Black Vinyl
By Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice mid-century modern splayed legs bench in style of M. Baughman.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century French Hand Carved Chestnut Piano Grotto Stool with Shell Motif
Located in Dallas, TX
This carved antique fruitwood grotto stool was created in France, circa 1950. Perfect as a piano
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XIV Stools

Materials

Chestnut

Piano brain
Located in MADRID, ES
Piano brain
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Mid-20th Century Paintings

Piano brain
H 47.25 in W 39.38 in D 0.79 in
Scandinavian mid-century stool / piano stool in the style of Josef Frank, 1950s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Mid-century stool or piano stool with oak legs and new gray velvet upholstery. Most likely Swedish
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Stools

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Velvet, Oak

Pair of walnut burl bedside tables with Mid Century glass top
Located in Premariacco, IT
Pair of walnut burl bedside tables with double doors and large interior compartment. Top with fine curved glass at front edges and original period brass handles. Nightstands have b...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Glass, Walnut

Wooden hall sideboard with glass top Mid Century 1960s
Located in Premariacco, IT
Mid-20th century Italian-made wooden living room sideboard, fine and linear frame with brass decorations and ebonized pin legs. The glass is finely decorated with a variety of shade...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Mid-19th C. Charles Parker Mahogany and Iron Piano Stool with Ball Claw Feet
By Charles Parker
Located in Germantown, MD
Mid-19th Century Vicotian Mahogany and Iron Piano Stool with Ball Claw Feet by Charles Parker
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Antique Mid-19th Century American Early Victorian Stools

Materials

Iron

Jeweled Piano Mechanical Yellow Gold Charm
Located in Miami Beach, FL
14k Yellow gold figural gold piano charm that features a hinged cover that reveals articulated
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Mid-20th Century More Jewelry

Materials

Chrysophrase, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Jeweled Piano Mechanical Yellow Gold Charm
Jeweled Piano Mechanical Yellow Gold Charm
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H 0.75 in W 0.82 in D 0.42 in
Louis XVI Double Seat Piano Bench
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Louis XVI double seat piano bench from a Palm Beach Estate.
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Mid-20th Century Louis XVI Benches

Materials

Textile, Wood

Louis XVI Double Seat Piano Bench
Louis XVI Double Seat Piano Bench
H 21 in W 35 in D 13.75 in
Pair of James Mont Style Lacquered Horseshoe Chairs by Century
By James Mont, Century Furniture
Located in Rio Vista, CA
designed by James Mont these chairs epitomize his over the top dramatic mid-century modern style with an
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Ceramic Piano Baby Boy, Marked
Located in Norton, MA
Ceramic piano baby boy, marked at the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Piano Baby Boy, Marked
Ceramic Piano Baby Boy, Marked
H 7 in W 5 in D 4 in
20th Century Italian Polished Walnut Piano Stool - Vintage Rectangular Ottoman
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rectangular, vintage Mid-Century modern Italian piano stool made of hand crafted polished Walnut
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Walnut, Upholstery, Cotton

Italian Piano - Desk Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Desk or Piano lamp pivoting shade and adjustable height. Lamp is original from the period .   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

Italian Piano - Desk Lamp
Italian Piano - Desk Lamp
H 17 in W 8 in D 14 in
Italian Piano Bench, circa 1950s
Located in Westport, CT
A petite bench featuring hand-polished tapered brass legs, original from Italy, circa 1950-1959. Newly upholstered in wool. Two benches available. Other designers working in the or...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Italian Piano Bench, circa 1950s
Italian Piano Bench, circa 1950s
H 20 in W 36 in D 18 in
Midcentury Brass Piano Lamp, 1960s
Located in Schwerin, MV
Very solid and rare brass piano lamp from the 1950s - 1960s. The lamp no longer has a manufacturer
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Brass Piano Lamp, 1960s
Midcentury Brass Piano Lamp, 1960s
H 9.85 in W 9.85 in D 9.85 in
Midcentury Brass Piano Lamp, 1960s
Located in Schwerin, MV
Very solid and rare brass piano lamp from the 1950s - 1960s. The lamp no longer has a manufacturer
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Brass Piano Lamp, 1960s
Midcentury Brass Piano Lamp, 1960s
H 9.85 in W 9.85 in D 9.85 in
Victorian Leather Rising Piano Stool
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Victorian Leather Rising Piano Stool A lovely looking piece, the stool is a rectangular shape
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Antique Mid-19th Century Victorian Stools

Materials

Leather

1950's Style Zimmermann Baby Grand Piano Yellow Formica Tubular Steel Piano Lyre
Located in Leeds, GB
A 1950s style, Zimmermann baby grand piano with a contrasting black and yellow formica case. Piano
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Mid-20th Century German Musical Instruments

Materials

Steel

Vintage Clavier Piano Action Model
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage clavier piano display model circa 1962, Evanston, IL, USA. Clavier, a bi-monthly music
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Wood

Vintage Clavier Piano Action Model
Vintage Clavier Piano Action Model
H 23.75 in W 11 in D 3.5 in
1970s Piano Beech Stool, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Item has been carefully refurbished - adjustable high 46 - 59 cm
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Beech

Tavolo con Piano Decorato Anni 80
By Non-Standard Furniture and Lighting
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolo con base in alluminio laccato, piano in legno laccato con disegni decorativi. Buone
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Aluminum

Tavolo con Piano Decorato Anni 80
Tavolo con Piano Decorato Anni 80
H 28.15 in Dm 35.63 in
20th Century French Round Piano Stool Raised on Four Metal Legs
Located in Sofia, BG
Adjustable round stool made of massive wood raised on four stabile metal legs. France, circa 1950.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Louis XVI Style Mahogany Piano Bench
Located in Winter Park, FL
A Louis XVI style French mahogany piano bench with upholstered seat. Made of solid mahogany with
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Louis XVI Style Mahogany Piano Bench
Louis XVI Style Mahogany Piano Bench
H 19.5 in W 18.5 in D 14 in
Vintage French Country Provincial Mahogany Wood Lift Top Storage Piano Bench
Located in Philadelphia, PA
. Circa Mid 20th Century. Measurements: 19" H x 37" W x 16" D.
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Mid-20th Century French Provincial Benches

Materials

Wood, Mahogany

Tessellated Hardstone Piano Shaped Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury black & white tessellated hard stone piano-shaped coffee table with faux piano keys and
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble

19th Century French Hand Carved and Painted Round Adjustable Piano Stool
Located in Sofia, BG
Antique French piano stool hand carved and hand painted in light green and orange. Very stable
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Stools

Materials

Wood

19th Century French Hand Carved Wooden Piano Swivel Chair Napoleon III Period
Located in Sofia, BG
Very delicate and rare hand carved wooden piano swivel chair made in mid 19th century during
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Napoleon III Swivel Chairs

Materials

Wood

Mirrored Piano Coffee Table, circa 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderfully eccentric, piano-shaped coffee or cocktail table, made of mirrored glass, circa 1970s
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Mirrored Piano Coffee Table, circa 1970s
Mirrored Piano Coffee Table, circa 1970s
H 18.25 in W 35.5 in D 47 in
Heinrich Glintenkamp, (Woman at Piano - Bach)
By Heinrich Glintenkamp
Located in New York, NY
a piano, but facing the viewer, is monogrammed and dated XL (1940), in the upper left corner. On the
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Interior Prints

Materials

Woodcut

Signed Oil Painting of Renoirs " Young Girls at Piano " Framed
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Pierre-Auguste Renoirs' painting entitled "Young Girls at Piano" In an ornate Giltwood frame
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Mid-20th Century Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Giltwood, Canvas

Vintage Brandt Flip Top Piano Style Small Wooden Writing Desk Table
By Brandt
Located in Philadelphia, PA
, great style and form. Circa mid 20th century. Measurements: 37" H (Up) x 29" H (Flat) x 28" W x 21" D.
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Mid-20th Century Federal Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Mid Century Natural Entertainment Cabinet
Located in Westwood, NJ
Mid Century Natural Entertainment cabinet. A 100-inch length of clean lines and graceful curves
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

1950s coffee table with glass top
By Non-Standard Furniture and Lighting
Located in Milano, IT
Tavolino da centro con vano porta oggetti e piano in vetro. Legno di faggio tinto ebano, vetro
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

Materials

Glass, Beech

1950s coffee table with glass top
1950s coffee table with glass top
H 19.89 in W 33.08 in D 18.9 in
19th Century French Piano Stool with Mouton Reverse System and Silk Top
Located in Sofia, BG
Hand carved square walnut piano stool marked with iron brand of MOUTON B.SCDC reverse system. The
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Stools

Materials

Wood

Gio Piano Bench by Stamford Modern
By Stamford Modern
Located in Westport, CT
Discover The Gio Bench by Stamford Modern: Inspired by the iconic Gio Ponti, this bench seamlessly marries classic elegance with modern functionality. Its distinctive angled legs, ad...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass, Nickel

Gio Piano Bench by Stamford Modern
Gio Piano Bench by Stamford Modern
H 19 in W 32 in D 18 in
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Mid Century Piano For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the mid century piano you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and brass, every mid century piano was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect mid century piano — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. Each mid century piano bearing Mid-Century Modern, Louis XVI or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one mid century piano that is appealing in its simplicity, but Gubi, A.P. Stolen and Hans J. Wegner produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Piano?

The average selling price for a mid century piano at 1stDibs is $2,217, while they’re typically $99 on the low end and $260,000 for the highest priced.
Questions About Mid Century Piano
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    The difference between mid-century and mid-century modern comes down to specificity. When it comes to furniture and architecture, for example, mid-century refers to works that emerged during the middle of the 20th century, usually between 1950 and 1970. The more specific descriptor, mid-century modern, is used to refer to a particular style of design that emphasizes simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture designers generally drew on the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus design, Scandinavian modernism and more. Any piece of furniture produced during the 1950s and ’60s can be referred to as mid-century, but only those with specific characteristics are mid-century modern. That said, when enthusiasts of furniture and architecture use the shorter of the two phrases, they may indeed be referring to modernist works created during that period in history. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 26, 2021
    A mid-century sofa is any sofa created during the mid-20th century. Mid-century modern sofas are pieces of seating furniture that embody the venturesome attributes that we associate with mid-century modern furniture — while not all sofas designed in the mid-century modern style are the same, they frequently have a low profile and are characterized by gentle curves, clean lines and an organic shape. Mid-century furniture is a timeless classic due to its elegant simplicity. Shop a collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary mid-century sofas from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 17, 2023
    No, the 1970s are generally not considered to fall within the era identified as mid-century. With respect to mid-century modern design, while there is some debate between collectors and design experts about the specific time period that saw the emergence of the style, most furniture enthusiasts agree that by the late 1960s, interest in MCM had largely declined. Writer Cara Greenberg, who coined the term “mid-century modernism,” suggests that “the period from the end of World War II to 1960 – from V-J Day to JFK – was the heyday of innovative furniture design in America.” Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by clean lines and inviting, organic shapes. Furniture makers of the era believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Find a variety of vintage mid-century modern furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century artwork is any piece of art produced during the middle of the 20th century. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, collages, pottery and other media. You'll find a large selection of mid-century artwork from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century modern decor was popularized during the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would suggest that the style emerged during the years that followed World War II. This style of decor is typically characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Find the finest mid-century modern furnishings and more on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century furniture is furniture created within the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would argue that the style began to emerge in the postwar years. This style of furniture is known for its sleek lines and organic shapes. The creators most frequently associated with mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living. Mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century jewelry is a style of jewelry that rose in popularity along with the mid-century modern design movement. Pieces from this era typically feature bold, geometric designs. Shop a variety of mid-century jewelry and accessories from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The mid-century modern style emerged primarily in the years following World War II. This style of decor is characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Creators of mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living, and mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    A mid-century chair is a piece of seating furniture that was designed at any point during the middle of the 20th century. Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living. The mid-century period provided an excellent opportunity to experiment with both functional and decorative forms. Mid-century modern chairs were made with a variety of natural and synthetic materials, combining leather, wood, and cane with chrome, steel, and plastic. Shop a range of vintage mid-century chairs on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern refers to the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 25, 2024
    The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern era correlates specifically to the years following World War II. These years in America saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history. Vintage mid-century modern furniture — including tables, chairs, desks and case pieces — are often organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple. 

    Postwar architects and designers in the United States were animated by new ideas and new technology during the era of mid-century modernism. Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century furniture designs manufactured by the likes of Knoll and Herman Miller

    Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

    Knoll became a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces soon became desirable for the home. Similarly, Michigan’s Herman Miller is best known for its iconic mid-century modern furniture, and while the company focused on the office, people loved its designs for their homes, too.

    Find vintage mid-century modern furniture for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Yes, Eames is mid-century modern. In many ways, Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and they have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. Some of the couple's most famous mid-century modern designs include the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood chair and the Eames Fiberglass chair. Shop a wide range of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    The years between 1950 and 1960 are typically considered mid-century. Some people also include the 1970s in the definition. Remember that the term mid-century furniture refers to pieces produced during the middle of the 20th century. It is different from mid-century modern, the name for a furniture style that emerged primarily in the years following World War II and is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of mid-century furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Yes, some rattan is mid-century modern. Designers of the mid-century modern movement often preferred to use natural materials, including rattan, in their designs. However, not all rattan furniture was made during this period. Rattan was also a popular material for furniture produced during the Victorian era and continues to be used to produce furniture today. Shop a wide range of rattan furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if a chair is mid-century, look for labels and markings that indicate its maker. Then, use trusted online resources to determine when the company was active. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer can be of assistance when dating chairs. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. Find a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if furniture is mid-century modern, examine the piece, looking for labels and markings that indicate who produced it. Then, consult trusted online resources to determine when the maker was active and what styles of furniture they made. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. A knowledgeable dealer or certified appraiser can help you determine if a particular piece is genuine mid-century modern or a reproduction. Shop a range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Mondrian’s art is believed to be one of the great inspirations for the mid-century modern approach to minimalism. His artworks were not just a departure from figurative works, but a new look at abstract art as well. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    To identify mid-century lamps, look for a manufacturer's label or stamp on the base or the shade. You can use trusted online resources to determine when the company or artisan was active. Some lamps may also have a date stamp that you can use for identification purposes. Pieces dating from the late 1950s through the early 1970s are mid-century in terms of their age. A mid-century modern lamp will show off hallmarks of the design style, such as curvy hourglass or globe forms. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer may also be able to help with the identification. Find a range of mid-century lamps on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century is considered the middle of the century, however as it pertains to furniture and design, mid-century is an American design movement known for its modern style, construction and the Modernist movement. It is typically simple and clean lines without embellishments. Shop a range of mid-century modern designs on 1stDIbs.